Duesseldorf, Germany NEC Electronics has introduced a low-cost starter kit for the System-on-Chip Lite+ configurable microcontroller device. The System-on-Chip Lite+ Start it! development board is an evaluation system for designers who want to enter NEC Electronics' ARM-based System-on-Chip chip and configurable microcontroller worlds. The Start it! development board facilitates the first encounter with the SystemOn-Chip Lite+ device. The on-board prototype chip includes an ARM7TDMI-based embedded microcontroller system. The functionality of this system can be expanded by means of sections of user defined logic (UDL) implemented within a mid-range FPGA. Flash, SDRAM and SRAM (optional) memory are also available on board to support initial software implementations with the board. Connectors on the Start It! board support hook-up to a standard PC via Ethernet and to USB interfaces in the FPGA. It comes fully equipped with a µClinux operating system, including a small web server application that allows immediate operation using the Ethernet interface and a standard PC. NEC Electronics Europe GmbH , Duesseldorf, Germany. www.necel.com.